About 70 Alabama Schools to Participate in ‘Mix It up at Lunch Day’ Despite Family Group Backlash

Madison Underwood, AL News (Birmingham), October 30, 2012

Opposition from the American Family Association is not stopping about 70 Alabama schools from participating in a program that encourages schoolchildren to sit at different lunch tables and meet new people on Tuesday.

The program, “Mix It Up at Lunch Day,” is promoted by Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The program encourages schools to help students to sit with groups and people they would not normally mingle with, and learn about lives and interests. Teaching Tolerance director Maureen Costello says Mix It Up is an “anti-bias” program.

“‘Mix It Up’ is a very simple program meant to challenge the idea of stereotypes,” Costello said. “It’s just sitting down and breaking bread with someone from a different group.”

About 3,000 schools across the nation are set to participate today, according to a press release from SPLC. But the conservative American Family Association has encouraged parents to urge schools to withdraw from the program. According to an “Action Alert” on the AFA website, Mix It Up is part of plan to “promote the homosexual lifestyle in public schools.”

“‘Mix It Up’ day is an entry-level ‘diversity’ program designed specifically by SPCL [sic] to establish the acceptance of homosexuality into public schools, including elementary and junior high schools,” the Action Alert states.

When asked for more information on the AFA resistance to the Mix It Up program, an AFA staffer responded in an e-mail.

“While ‘Mix It Up’ day sounds wonderful on its surface, they are using it to get names of schools to add to their partnership lists that they will then use to send out information and learning materials on other programs, such as teaching children as young as kindergarten, that being gay is okay and it is not sinful,” AFA staffer Anelese Holt wrote in an e-mail.

“Many times students request the free information on ‘Mix-It-Up’ day and are thereby inadvertently giving this group their school’s name,” Holt wrote. “The principals, superintendents and school boards are often unaware of their ‘partnership’ with this radical organization.  Once they receive this ‘partner’ status the SPLC will begin to send them information on other programs that are not so innocent.”


“This is a totally inaccurate representation of how people come to Teaching Tolerance to get information,” Costello said.

“People who sign up for ‘Mix’ don’t get information for other programs unless they ask for them.”

AFA is listed on the SPLC website as an anti-gay group, and a note in response to AFA’s campaign on the Teaching Tolerance website describes AFA as “a group that specializes in demonizing the LGBT community and stirring up hate.”


Costello said that Mix It Up day was started 11 years ago with race in mind, and the program expanded to include socioeconomic status, disabilities, and other factors.


The Christian Science Monitor reported Monday that the Mix It Up program saw a 30 percent increase in participation in 2012 over 2011.

Click here to view a map of schools participating in the 2012 Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

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  • Will it work?

    What do Whites in Mississippi, 37% Black, know what Whites in Vermont, 2% Black, don’t?

    • RisingReich

       That blacks are undesirable citizens.

    • APaige

      The truth.

  • “‘Mix It Up’ day is an entry-level ‘diversity’ program designed specifically by SPCL [sic] to establish the acceptance of homosexuality into public schools, including elementary and junior high schools,” the Action Alert states.

    Gee…I wonder what the advanced-level diversity course will teach?

    • In other words to manipulate kids into thinking their way when the kids are at school and out of control of the parents and under the control of school administrators.

  • Enrichment Zone Warning

    If diversity is so great, why do students have to be forced to “mix it up.”

    We once thought that they were forced to do so in order to help them appreciate Diversity and warm up to it naturally, as though it were something good for them because it makes them more inclusive, tolerant, and welcoming.

    But we’ve discovered the real reason, and it’s sinister. 

    Whites are under a racial Bill of Attainders that criminalizes their White privilege.  They are forced into these unnatural social situations so that when they react negatively, they can then be put on a list, monitored, warned, and retrained during endless Embracing Sensitivity and Multicultural Sensitivity sessions.  White kids will be tortured, just like Winston Smith, into loving “the Other”.  And it only takes one to set as an example, and all the other Whiteys will fall in line.And notice that White kids are always the target of Mix It Up.  Whites are the ones who are under the moral obligation to “affirmatively chose Diverse” friends.

    Whites must sacrifice their White privilege, or else suffer. 

    We suffer either way, which proves that we don’t really own American anylonger.   You don’t own your property- it’s just on loan until you misuse your White privilege by saying something “insensitive” about the blacks.

    You really can’t understand the hatred against White Humanity and how we are under genocidal attack until you’ve read Anthony Jacob’s White Man, Think Again! and http://cambriawillnotyield.wordpress.com/

  • The SPLC headquarters and the Alabama National Education Association headquarters occupy the same square block in downtown Montgomery, Alabama.  You can’t get two more like peas in the same pod.  I’m surprised that it’s only 70 schools in Alabama signing up for this travesty.

  • Why are they programming these kids when homosexuality may be against their religious or personal beliefs? This is beyond disgusting.  Government sponsored social engineering. More propaganda wrapped up and disguised in pretty titles. And all of it aimed at creating white people so “tolerant” that they will tolerate the beast who has a knife at their throat. That will make it so much easier to destroy this country from within. Why don’t they go into urban-jungle schools and teach them that promiscuity, drugs, alcohol, 4-lettered words, single-parents and crime is not okay. That education, personal responsibility, and hard work are core values that lead to a better life and a better society. That’s the real teaching that needs to be done.  That’s the teaching that used to be done.

    • dukem1

       And it is the teaching that is ridiculed at every chance by the “elites” running (ruining) our institutions at all levels.

  • Old Right

    Isn’t it interesting that the opposition to all this is ostensibly because it’s a stealth program to promote acceptance of homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle? AFA wouldn’t dare oppose a program to promote race mixing. But in this battle, I guess we have to find our allies where we can.

    When I was in 8th grade, practically the whole school broke up into white cliques and black cliques during lunch and recess. The only racially-mixed clique was a small group of liberals.

    This irritated the school administration to such an extent that they began canceling classes in the afternoons once a month or so to hold an “Interracial Day” in the gym. Blacks and whites would spend 30 minutes to an hour taking part in rather pointless activities (of course, trying to get an education at this school was in itself a rather pointless activity, so I don’t suppose the time was any more wasted than it otherwise would have been).

    Unsurprisingly, Interracial Day seemed not to have produced any “desirable” results. I think having to spend the better part of one’s day with hundreds of blacks for eight to nine months pretty much neutralized any PC propaganda to which the white portion of the student body was subjected.

    • Puggg

      Keep saying that, it’s important.  SPLC’s Mix It Up was race-based for years, and the religious right and “Family” groups said boo.  Now that Mix It Up has to do with gay, now that the SPLC has completely thrown in with the LGBTWXYZ agenda, now they’re all upset.

  • Robert Binion

    I have enjoyed the last four days of refuge from multicultural Birmingham in the mountains of north Georgia.  At dusk on Halloween, I stood in the square of a small town as merchants prepared treats for a long queue of children dressed in fantastical garb and makeup.  Suddenly, a black mother with three children (clean and well dressed in the words of Vice President Sugarpuss), barely tolerated as an outsider (like me), approached with an apprehensize gaze.  I gaped and saw that while black may envy the blonde queen of beauty as she dons her crown, far more do they fear us when we paint our faces.

  • Barrack Osama

    What are they retarded? I was in high school only 10 years ago and I can still tell you exactly what will happen:

    1.You force a bunch of random kids to sit at different tables.
    2.The whole thing feels forced and awkward so they mostly keep to themselves while maybe cracking some goofy jokes about the whole thing.
    3.They later resent the entire experience and laugh about the ordeal with their actual friends.
    4.They no longer have any doubt that they do not want to associate with group X.

    They’re doing our job for us.

    • Futility has never stopped them from exercising anyway.

      • Exactly.

        Nothing will come of this. No new, long-lasting friendships will result. There will be no great understanding of different people. When it’s over, everyone will go back to the people they have the most in common with.

        It’s just another program to make people who cry themselves to sleep over these issues to feel as if they’ve actually done something to make a better world.

  • What does homosexuality have to do with it? How many homosexuals do you have in elementary school anyway? Basically it is a good idea because kids get to see not just racial minorities but people with disabilities. 

    • dukem1

       Well, it’s probably an educational experience insofar as when the regular kids are forced to eat lunch wit the effeminate boys and unrepentant tom-boys, they’ll learn who to bully and tease for the rest of their academic experience.
      It’s all good.

      • IstvanIN

         Gee, aren’t you nice. 

      • IstvanIN

         Gee, you’re nice, beating up the effeminate boys and tomboy girls is “all good”.  I guess we have our sickos, too.

        • dukem1

          Sheeeeesh!!!…I make a stupid joke thinking about the law of unintended consequences and all of a sudden it’s like I fell asleep and woke up at the Huffington Post.
          So, let me state unequivalently, I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my comment.  It was never my intention to huurt anyone’s feelings. 

      • FourFooted_Messiah

        *narrows eyes

        Sometimes those who are bullied have more balls than those who bullied them in the end.  Witness Columbine and Taber, AB.

    • .

      The AFA usually knows what they’re talking about. I’m thinking this article was leaving out some details.

  • extragirl666

    Well familiarity breeds contempt. The fact is when I have casual contact with persons of a different race I generally have a better opinion of them. But when I really get to know them I am sometimes horrified with some of the behaviors I have witnessed.As usual liberal ideas always backfire. Misxing it up will just cause more animosity between blacks and whites.

  • It’s not the government’s business to tell kids who to associate with and this is unconstitutional.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    “While ‘Mix It Up’ day sounds wonderful on its surface, they are using it to get names of schools to add to their partnership lists that they will then use to send out information and learning materials on other programs, such as teaching children as young as kindergarten, that being gay is okay and it is not sinful,” AFA staffer Anelese Holt wrote in an e-mail. 

    As usual, they named the wrong reason for being opposed to this asinine event. 

    And no, it doesn’t sound “wonderful” on its surface, either. It sounds painfully awkward for the poor students at best, and like propagandistic coercion at worst. And, of course, that is exactly what it is. By protesting this idiotic event for the wrong reason, they papered over the real reason for opposing it.

  • Unbelievable. Even our Commies had not forced us to mingle with Gypsies. Liberal multiculturalists have gone much farther than old style Commies.

  • Puggg

    I don’t get something.

    Schools have to “mix it up” in order to get white kids and black kids to be friends with each other.

    But when white people want to deflect charges of “racism,” they haul out the old canard of “some of my best friends are black.”  I’ve seen Jared Taylor speech videos as of late where the white kids are worried that they’ll have to give up their supposed exists-only-between-the-ears “black friends” in order to advocate for white people.

  • Anon321

    So the school forces them to sit next to people they don’t like in silence, and then they go back to sitting together the next day?

    What a fantastic use of public money.

  • IstvanIN

    When will the tribe understand that it is perfectly natural for folks to hang with people they have something in common with?

    • anarchyst

      NEVER . . . the “tribe’s” mantra is “multiculturalism and diversity for thee, but not for me” . . .
      Best regards,

  • “Teaching Tolerance director Maureen Costello says Mix It Up is an ‘anti-bias’ program.”
    You call it a bias, I call it an observation.

    Click the link to view the list of schools not to send your children to.

  • Sherman_McCoy

    Multi-racial public school for white children is tantamount to child abuse.

  • Michael

    The fact is that that even in schools where the majority of kids are of the same race, kids tend to segregate among groups. Jocks, nerds, pretty girls, gay kids, punks etc…. It goes beyond race. I attended a high school that was 97% White in upstate New York in the late 1970/early 1980s. This was how it was. 

    • IstvanIN

       You are so right.  The kids I played with on the playground in grammar school were the one’s I sat with in the HS cafeteria.

    • FourFooted_Messiah

      Yes.  Forcing people to socialize against their will (especially with people they feel uncomfortable with) NEVER works.

      In grade school, I was the unpopular kid (surprised?  You shouldn’t be) .. no one wanted to socialize with me, and I didn’t really want to have anything to do with kids who beat the crap out of me every day, anyway.   I _dreaded_ group assignments.  I’d be the one who did all the work.

      I fared better in army cadets, as a teenager, because all the kids who joined that seemed to also be misfits.  Interestingly enough, we only had one black kid in, and he didn’t last long, because he didn’t like being ordered around.  Otherwise, all 50-150 of us (our numbers fluctuated over the years I was in) were all white kids.

      To this day, I still have crowd clausterphobia, and suffer what psychologists who experiment on animals call “improper socialization.”  I get raging angry, rather than scared, when I am threatened, and if you try to force me to talk to, say, a Pakistani, I will … well, maybe not get violent, unless you physically push me, but I will get VERY upset.

      • NYB

        I met my first black person in Army Cadets.  Cadets was more like a drop-off center for delinquents.  

        I quickly tired of it and moved over to sport shooting, so that I could hang out with whites who were a little more responsible.

    • Barrett

      You are exactly right!  It goes beyond race. As a former teacher who taught at a racially mixed high school, Black, White and Hispanics athletes associated with one another. White, Black and Hispanic misfits, nerds etc… 

      People associate with one another based on commonalities that often reach beyond race.

  • Regarding “mix it up “… Ever notice at a party or other large gatherings that people “group up” with those similar to them ? There’s nothing wrong with that… And, what do you do if your presence isn’t wanted by the “diversity” folks ?

    For example, I have no interest in sports ( MLB, NFL,NBA,NHL, and collegiate ) why would I try to join folks who do ? ( My interest is in sports car racing (( SCCA, American Le Mans, French Le Mans, etc. )). So, I spend my time with folks who share my passion and they’re a pretty “diverse” bunch !

     Also, I’ve seen some folks who try to “act Black ” to “mix” and  are despised for doing so ! Even recent African immigrants despise it as well !

    And what about Blacks “resegregating” themselves ?

    Why doesn’t the SPLC just “bugger off” and leave folks alone ?

  • Whatever happened to freedom of association?

  • Dees and Co. are aware of that criticism of them. They have hired token blacks and Hispanics from time to time. But certainly not in any positions of power or importance within the poverty palace.

  • ageofknowledge

    Then they wonder why their little girl comes home pregnant and their boy takes on the role of wigger.

  • anarchyst

    Any parents that send their children to “public (indoctrination) schools” is guilty of child abuse. . .